Au Ver à Soie Yarn Design
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Paris Knitting, Needlework, Fabric Addresses

Au Ver à Soie Yarn Design

While in the village of Butte aux Cailles the other day, I noticed this little tea salon full of knitters around tables, l’Oisive Thé et Tricot . They have a weekly Wednesday knitting group. Their Website is in French and English. They sell yarn, offer knitting classes and welcome crocheters as well! Then a reader asked about places to buy yarn.

In February I attended an international needlework trade show, l’Aiguille en Fête out of curiosity and interest. During that time, I watched several of the Speed Knitting competitions and paid a visit to Susan O’Connor at the Country Bumpkin stand where she was teaching embroidery classes. Country Bumpkin is a shop located in Australia (a distance of 16,1142 km/10074 miles between Adelaide and Paris) that specializes in needlework and design.

International Knitting Day is in June.

My jacket has been lacking a shoulder button now for a year or so. Since Montmartre is the home of fabric and all needlework accessories, that was my choice to button shop. On rue d’Orsel, Madame Marianne Cohen runs the largest button collection store in France at Dam Boutons. She estimates that every January, she has about 10,000 buttons, including her own designs in this palace of the button.

A former fashion couturier, Madame Cohen moved to her present location around 1999. The button themes range from ceramic art from Spain to playing cards and flags, vegetables, animals, scissors and jeweled buttons.  Dam Boutons almost seems like a museum. Belt buckles of all designs line the wall above the buttons and the shop and window display carry a variety of decorative safety pins and rings with button decorations.

Dam Boutons
46, rue d’Orsel 75018 Paris
01 53 28 19 51
Open Monday 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

List of Knitting and Crocheting Addresses:

L’Oisive Thé & Tricot
A knitting café
10 rue de la Butte aux Cailles &
1, rue Jean-Marie Jégo 75013 Paris
Telephone: 01 53 80 31 33
Metro: Corvisart or Place d’Italie
Open: Tuesday 12 to 3 p.m.; Wednesday to Friday 12 to 7 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 to 7 p.m.; Closed Monday

Susan O'Connor from Australia's Country Bumpkin, needlework lessons at Au Ver a Soie, Paris

Lil Weasel
1 passage du Grand Cerf 75002 Paris
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Telephone: 01 73 71 70 48

Le Comptoir
26 rue Cadet 75009 Paris
Ope:n Monday 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday they close at 6:45 p.m.
Metro: Cadet (line 7), Grands Boulevards (line 8 and 9), Notre-Dame-de-Lorette (line 12)
Bus: 26, 32 43, 74, 80 and 85
Telephone: 01 42 46 20 72

Le Comptoir list and photos of winter (hiver) and summer (été)

Products that are being closed out from other stores (Déstockage)
19 rue Saint-Marc 75002 Paris
Metro : Richelieu Drouot (lines 8 and 9)
Telephone : 01 42 96 00 69
Open: Monday 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

l'Aiguille en Fete trade show, February 2012, yarn from around the world
l’Aiguille en Fete trade show, every February, yarn from around the world and needlecraft

Bergere de France
400 types of yarn to choose from
135 bis, rue Lamarck 75018 Paris (map for Bergere de France)
Bus: 31, 81, 95
Metro: Guy Moquet
Telephone: 01 42 28 70 59
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.

61 Rue Planchat 75020 Paris
Metro: Alexandre Dumas
Telephone: 01 43 56 09 23
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.; Closed Monday, holidays and usually all of August
Telephone: 01 43 56 09 23

68 rue Monge 75005 Paris
Metro: Place Monge (line 7)
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Telephone: 01 45 35 32 69

La Boutonnerie
168 rue Saint-Charles 75015 Paris
Telephone: 01 45 57 33 03
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Metro: Charles-Michel (line 10) or Lourmel (line 8)
La Boutonnerie yarn page

Speedknitting, l'Aiguille en Fete, February 2012 winner Martine Lambert, 240 stitches in 3 minutes
Speedknitting, l’Aiguille en Fete, February 2012 winner Martine Lambert, 240 stitches in 3 minutes (not pictured)

la droguerie® à Paris
9 and 11 rue du Jour 75001 Paris
Open: Monday 2 p.m. to 6:45 p.m.; Tuesday to Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.

and the “Mercerie” department (rayonLe Bon Marché (third floor European/4th floor American)
Telephone: 01 44 39 80 00

2, rue Cazotte 75018 Paris
At the foot of Sacré-Coeur in Montmartre (Google map it)
Metro: Anvers, Barbès-Rochechouart, Abbesses
Open: Tuesday to Saturday 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
September 15 to mid-May the store is open Mondays 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
In July and August, it is best to confirm store hours by telephone
Telephone: 01 42 54 51 09

l’Aiguille en Fête
Annual International trade show on patchwork, embroidery, sewing, knitting, quilting, and more held in February.
For February 14 to 17, 2013 the trade show is moving to Parc des Expositions de la Porte de Versailles.


Des Fils et une Aiguille
1 ure Chabanais 75002 Paris
Open: Monday to Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Late Thursday night: 12 to 8 p.m.
Metro: Pyramides Line 14
Telephone: 01 49 26 09 34
Video tour of their shop

Créations Annie Cicatelli
Studio: 196 boulevard Saint Denis 92400 Courbevoie (call for appointment)
Telephone 06 08 03 79 22 or 06 81 91 61 80